LAKE PLACID - The first snow has fallen at the summit of Whiteface Mountain and some other High Peaks in the region, and although the season is over for the Lake Placid Garden Club, it still has some work to do before the year is out.
"Although not over yet, our club is nearing the end of a busy and successful year," Garden Club president Joey Branch told the News.
It was a busy year for the club, who along with its sister organization, Lake Placid Community Beautification Association, work hard throughout the year to beautify the village.
Volunteers for the last work session of the season for the Lake Placid Garden Club: Seated: Christine Shampeny, Linda Friedlander, Gene Libre and Judy Shea. Standing, Denise Erenstone, Lethe Lescinsky, Diane Collins, Paula Politi, Sally Urban, Chris Barnett and Linda Levenson. Not pictured are Mary Hardy, Dot Beatty and Claire Thayer.
Joanne Lippay, the garden club's publicity chair, listed some of the activities the club undertook, among the most prominent: taking part in the Adopt-a-Highway program as the club met several times to cleanup a section of state Route 86; maintained the Triangle Garden located on state Route 73 across from the Horse Show Grounds; planted flowers in barrels at the Olympic Oval; helped during the annual Village Cleanup Day; marched in the Fourth of July Parade; and held a workshop for Uihlein residents on outside flower planting.
The club still has other tasks before the New Year. Swags will be put up and placed throughout the village for the holiday season and Gib Brown, a geologist and weatherman from The Weather Channel will speak at the club's last meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Kate Smith Room of the Crowne Plaza, according to Lippay.
"We have had an outstanding season with enough volunteers to accomplish weeding and maintenance," chair Linda Friedlander told the News. "Even the weather cooperated so that the crew was not forced to don shower caps at the ready."
During the year, the club also released its 2014 Babes in Blooms calendar, which sold out after only three weeks of availability. The calendar featured garden club members and friends baring all, well almost all, for the sake of raising funds for the club. Only four copies remain, which were sequestered by the Joy to the Children benefit chairs to grace the bidding tables at the early December event to benefit children's music, drama or art programming at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
Branch said that the fruits of the calendar fundraising effort are, and will be, visible throughout the village.
"It assures the 2014 support for most of the flowers, plants, barrels, window boxes and winter greens one sees along upper and lower Main Street, Saranac Avenue and our public gardens," she told the News.
The Garden Club's sister organization, Lake Placid Community Beautification Association, founded by Conni Cross, also plays a pivotal role in keeping Lake Placid looking great. This organization differs for the garden club because it has the ability to hire seasonal help for planting, maintaining, placing and removing our hanging baskets, barrels and many public gardens. The Garden Club relies chiefly on volunteers, and anyone in the community is welcome to help out.
The Garden Club recently took time to thank many of its key supporters, some of which hosted cocktail hours following garden work sessions.
" On behalf of the Garden Club, we thank Lake Placid News and our generous sponsors who provided us with post-session refreshments," Friedlander told the News. "In addition to the above business, Paradox Lodge, The Cottage at Mirror Lake Inn, Pan Dolce, LP Pub & Brewery and Generations at Golden Arrow Hotel participated in the program."
"We are so grateful that these establishments care enough to support the beautification efforts for our community," she added.
The club will wind down the year with a Christmas Party on Dec. 8 at the Comfort Inn to celebrate 2013 with a social hour and buffet dinner. For more information on the club and its events, contact Linda Friedlander at 523-3749 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.